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Chez Spencer Trip Report

pauliface | Dec 1, 2010 08:25 AM

Had a lovely meal there last night.
Somehow it took me all this time to get there.
Definitely recommend, and I'll return.

Nice space with a lovely soaring ceiling and open kitchen, generous room between tables, great service by our server Awni, reservation ready on time, full bar.

Cocktail:
Had an old fashioned. This drink has a lot of latitude in preparation, they can be glorious or just eh. I often order one as a sort of groundhog day test for whether the meal will be good. This one was really good, a harbinger of things to come.

First:
One of us had a lobster cappucino (I had a taste, heavenly).
The others shared asparagus in truffle emulsion (lovely) and some seared scallops (perfectly cooked, but the scallops themselves not the tastiest on the planet, delicious sauce)

Second:
I and the bf had sweetbreads. Yum. Perfectly crispy, not overdone in the middle, again a lovely sauce.
Two others had a smoked duck breast with poached egg. Fantastic.
Our fifth had a beet salad, also really excellent.

Entree:
I and the bf had venison. Gorgeous, delicious, wonderful reduction sauce. Came with these big-slice potatoes gratin that were about as good as potatoes can get.
Two others had fillet mignon, which was nice but not stellar (this is reported, I did not try). They were out of the lamb roast and I think both would have preferred that.
Fifth diner had a sturgeon that was fantastic.

Dessert:
This may be my favorite dessert menu I've seen in a long time. In addition to a nice cheese selection (was too full to do a cheese course), they had my 3 favorite desserts:
-- granita (champagne grapefruit)
-- cookie plate (an assortment of cookies is maybe my favorite)
-- profiteroles.
As it happens, we all shared a warm chocolate pudding cake and the granita. I didn't try the pudding cake (not something I like) but the granita was stellar. The put a cream of some sort on top that I would have left off. But they added an unannounced cookie that was so good I want to go back for the cookie plate.

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Chez Spencer
82 14th St., San Francisco, CA 94103

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